- A member of the Secret Service had several phone calls in 2020 with members of the far-right militia group Oath Keepers.
- The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots by Trump supporters has been briefed on calls by the Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting presidents.
- The panel has now asked the agency for a record of all contacts with the oath-takers till January 6, 2021.
- Swearing-in leader Stewart Rhodes is on trial for seditious conspiracy in connection with the Capital riots.
NBC News reported Friday that on January 6, staff members of the Capital Riot Investigation Committee were briefed on several phone calls in 2020 between an agent in the Secret Service’s Protective Intelligence Division and members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group Is.
The House Select Committee on Friday requested the Secret Service all records relating to communications between the agency and oath-takers, including any contacts that have been reported from the violent Jan. 6, 2021, and subsequent attacks on the US Capitol by Trump’s mob. it was done. supporters, NBC reported.
The briefing and subsequent record request to committee staff were prompted by recent testimony in the ongoing federal criminal trial of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, who has been charged with seditious conspiracy along with other defendants.
Rhodes and his co-defendants are accused of conspiring to prevent the legitimate transfer of power from former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden.
Former North Carolina Oath Keepers Leader John Zimmerman testified earlier this month about seeing Rhodes talk on the telephone with a man who Zimmerman believed to be a Secret Service agent that was a member of the group in September 2020. What weapons can you carry at Trump’s upcoming rally?
Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told NBC Friday that members of the oath-taking were “regarding the logistics of demonstration areas and rules for attending presidential events.”
“This is normal activity among organized groups and advance agents,” Guglielmi said.
He later issued a statement that said, “After the (Oath-Keepers) trial, the committee reached out to the Secret Service and provided an oral briefing to the staff, specific to the observations made at the trial.”
“Today, the committee has conducted a formal inquiry into that and the January 6 records that we will provide,” Guglielmi said.
Frank Figluzzi, a former assistant director of the FBI who is currently a national security analyst for NBC, told the news outlet that speaking with a protest group for law enforcement or a group acting as security for an incident As is common, regular contact with a militia group such as oath keepers raises concerns.
The Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting the president, vice president and others, has been embroiled in a series of controversies this year.
These include several agents who are being duped as Department of Homeland Security agents by men who provided them with valuable gifts; the revelation that the agency deleted cell-phone text messages from agents sent at the time of the riot; and failure to fully detail an auto accident involving a vehicle carrying Vice President Kamala Harris.
Explanation: An earlier version of this story stated that records relating to the call between the Secret Service and Oath Keepers were made available to the Committee on January 6, and included a statement from the Secret Service responding to that account . A Secret Service spokesman later issued a statement saying that details of the call were provided to committee staff at a briefing, and that the panel only requested the record on Friday.
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